The Explorer’s Field Guide – The Linnaeus Apostles Bridge Builder Expeditions: Sweden, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Russia | Путеводитель исследователя – Экспедиции Апостолов Линнея по наведению мостов во времени – Швеция, Казахстан, Кыргызстан и Россия” was launched 6th of June, 2017.
The guide is an encyclopedic summary, written in the Russian language, including observations on Carl Linnaeus and his Systema Naturae, his seventeen so-called Apostles who travelled to more than fifty countries, Johan Peter Falck and his studies of everyday clothing, water, petroglyphs etc in Russia and Kazakhstan. Making comparisons with early colour photograph from Prokudin-Gorskii Collection (kept at the Library of Congress, USA) and modern DNA studies. The print is focusing on “Bridge Building” within Natural & Cultural History from the 18th century up to present-day.
This foldable print with outstanding images and maps is an interdisciplinary work, which has been circulated to a large number of organisations, academies and schools in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
This ‘Explorer’s Field Guide’ is part of the project The BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS. An overarching definition for a series of contemporary and scientifically sustainable projects established by The IK Foundation, an undertaking which aims to inspire and to contribute to our understanding of our shared planet! These projects are grounded in the concepts of retracing and lifting both practical and theoretical knowledge from the Linnaeus Apostles' journeys. The core of said projects revolve around a series of expeditions – with fieldwork in both rural and urban landscapes – which will be used to collect data and knowledge from several of the world's continents. This work incorporates a look into both cultural and societal values of specific regions as well as the measuring of the natural permutations of the landscapes travelled three centuries ago and if they have shifted with the passing of time. In essence the BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS are a mixture of 18th century knowledge and 21st century know-how, two contrasting entities employed in unison to create an endeavour which is both interdisciplinary but also groundbreaking within its field. These contemporary expeditions offer insight into the developments and constants of the world we live in, divergences which lay the groundwork for new avenues of knowledge.